Blast From The Past

Blast From The Past

December 2, 2016 1:57 pm 0 comments


A lot of us who fall into the “middle aged” demographic had a lot of cool toys to play with as children; boys and girls alike.  For some of these toy lines, they are still alive and well in the market and have maintained current.  There are others who are working on a resurgence of sorts in other forms of media.

So there are some obvious lines that I don’t think have every stopped being popular; Star Wars, Transformers, My Little Pony to name a few.  Below is a list some franchises that have maybe seems some sparks over the years, but haven’t really had the consistent staying power of like Star Wars.

G.I. JOE – While neither movie was great and the animated series is long past, the Joes live on in comics.  IDW has the rights these days and they are part of a universe that shares space with the Transformers, Micronauts, M.A.S.K., Rom, and Action Man.

HE-MAN – As a child, I envied my friends who had Masters of the Universe toys.  I always got G.I. Joe toys (maybe ’cause dad was in the Army).  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Joes and have them all to this day.  Still, there was something about the larger He-Man toys.  The original animated series was a mainstay for me, as was She-Ra: Princess of Power.  Since then, there have been two other animated series.  The 1990 version should be avoided, but the 2002 reboot certainly had “the Power”.  And then there was the movie starring Dolph Lundgren that was so bad, I don’t feel obligated to say anything more about it other than it exists.  These days you can keep up with what’s going on in Eternia in the pages of DC Comics.

THUNDERCATS – Who doesn’t find themselves still yelling, “Thundercats…HO!” everyone once in awhile?  Or letting out a random “Snarf!”?  This was one of my favorite series as a kid.  They’ve made brief appearances in comics over the years, but no long runs.  As of this article, though, there is a He-Man/Thundercat crossover event being published by DC Comics.  Two of my favorites in one story, I’m all over that!

M.A.S.K. – “Illusion is the ultimate weapon” was the tagline for the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand.  First released as a toy line and then an animated series to boost toy sales, this was a little bit G.I. Joe, a little bit Transformers, and a whole lot of cool.  It was also a line of toys I always wanted, but they were so darn expensive.  After having been dormant for so long, Matt Trakker and crew are back in the pages of IDW comics.

MICRONAUTS – This one goes back a little further than the others.  The Micronauts were a line of toys release by Mego in the late ’70s.  While never developed into a TV show or movie, the Micronauts have been in comics for many years with a long run in Marvel, later in Image, Devil’s Due Publishing, and now being published by IDW.

ROM: Spaceknight – Rom has the distinction of being the first toy that Parker Brothers every produced.  Sadly, they did it so poorly and cheaply that it failed miserably.  They did make the wise decision to license him to Marvel for a comic that would hopefully drive sales.  While in the end the toy couldn’t overcome it’s cheap design, the comic lasted for almost 7 years.  Rom’s currently seeing a resurgence in IDW comics.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE – To be fair, not only boy toys are making a comeback.  Did you know that all of the Strawberry Shortcake characters were originally developed for a line of greeting cards?  While I’ve been enjoying seeing all of the above characters coming back to life, my wife has been doing the same for this line.  In addition to a comic by IDW, the franchise has also recently released a series of Pop! Vinyls that are scented.

By: Just-A-Bill, resident comic nerd imjustabill

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